Project Description

India welcomes the season of Spring with lots of colours and with the festival Holi. The entire country, every nook and corner are poured in colour completely. But there is something special in Holi celebrated in Uttar Pradesh especially in Braj: Mathura and Vrindavan. The remarkable features of Holi amaze the whole country. For its wonderful presentation, tourists come over to live the colour festival. To experience the passion for colours, one must come to Vrindavan, Barsana and encounter the craziness and intimacy. In ancient time Holi is for celebrating the game of colour between Radha and Krishna and their teasing ceremony to each other. In the present time, the boys and girls of Vrindavan and Barsana maintain the same tradition through ages. On the ninth day of the month Phalgun (February- March) the celebration takes place. The birthplace of Radharani, Krishna’s beloved, Barsana becomes coloured a week before actual Holi. The men from Vrindavan come flocking by to tease the women of Barsana and get beaten by them, famously called the Lathmaar Holi. The same ritual is maintained in Vrindavan mainly at Nandgaon, on the next day the girls from Barsana reach Krishna’s homeland. They throw colours (gulal), colour bombs to the boys. After this preliminary Choti Holis two teams are conjoined in Bankebihari Temple and play with colours, flowers petals and colour water. The atmosphere is completely filled up with so much dancing, music and the Hori songs. Another interpretation of Mythology is celebrated in India —Holika Dahan for saving Prahallad from the hands of the evil father by Lord Vishnu’s Narasimha Avatar. In West Bengal, the Bengalis also consecrate the colour festival mainly at Shantiniketan in Bankura district by calling it Basant Utsav with a musical atmosphere.